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  1. nstructor

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    What is the most comfortable mask to wear all day?
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I find those blue disposable masks to be significantly more comfortable and breathable than any cloth one I tried. I also learned that they actually do hold up to washing- I just hand wash mine in the sink every day when I get home. I bought a 20 pack at Target when school started in early August and I've still got probably at least 15 of them.
     
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    I have been using N-95's- highly uncomfortable for long periods of time.
    Then I got some from Walgreens that are blue, 3 layered, disposable, and inexpensive.
    The 1st time I wore 1 in public, it freaked me out. haha! Only because I felt like I was breathing freely exposing myself to every germ out there. They feel like you are breathing straight fresh air.
     
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    I can only do the blue, 3-layered masks. I feel like I'm suffocating in cloth masks.
     
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    We are provided with the blue 3-layered medical masks and I'm finding that they are super-easy to wear all day. The only time I struggle a bit is if I'm rushing from one place to another and get a little winded. I have a hard time now in my cloth masks when I go shopping.
     
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    I'm the opposite. The blue surgical/disposable masks are itchy and scratchy to me, and even with bending the wire around my nose, it moves up until the mask is basically in my eyes.

    I have to do cloth masks. We aren't in person with kids yet, but teachers are teaching from the building and we have a lot of meetings where I end up having to wear the mask for hours. I purchased some cloth masks from a local clothing store that are very comfortable (or as comfortable as we're going to get) and I still feel like I can breathe in them. I think it really just depends on the person and your face shape.
     
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    I like those blue three-layered medical masks already mentioned, but I have a petite face. I worry that they are too big for me and don't get close enough to my skin in all places. I bought some cloth masks that conform better to my face, but they are not as easy to breathe in.
     
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    The most comfortable is no mask :D I've sworn the few kids that come to my class to secrecy.
     
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    Have you tried the children's sized blue surgical masks? I have some middle school students they work well on.
     
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    if someone becomes ill and there is contact tracing, you will have some big problems. Also, is that really the example you want to set for students?
     
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    It's remote! Ok. no one is in danger. We were told to wear them while online but I'm not . Count one less sheep.
     
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    What reason did they give for that? Kids have enough trouble paying attention to the teacher on a screen let alone staring at them with a mask on. Good grief!
     
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    I must confess... I use disposable masks for more than a single use. More like a week at a time....
     
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    We are given 2/day, but I typically only wear one.
     
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    I use cloth masks and I have enough that I can use 1-2 a day and wash the pile of them once a week. I can do 1-2 layers but the 3 layers are just too much. I just can't.
     
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    Rockhubby rigged up a device to sterilize our N-95 masks because he's just handy and mad scientist like that.
     
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    It's really hard to wear a mask, but it's necessary because of our family, I usually wear N95 and sometimes disposable mask, these are much better than others, I also recommend you to use these, but if you want more options I recommend you to check on couponcodfiy, because I also get my mask from there, on there multiple varieties of the mask are available. you cany buy according to your need.
     
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    Hahaha I do the same. I go two weeks though! :)
     
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    I don't think they can be comfortable at all, but there is no other option. I liked the Korean masks, they are really easier to breathe in, but it's also a little difficult to talk. If I have five classes a day, any mask would be an issue.
     
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    Where did you get the Korean masks?
     
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    Joom, it's the cheapest way, It took only 5 days to come here.
     
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    I've been getting KN95 masks through Amazon.
     
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    I can't find one that is comfortable at all. No matter which one I wear, I either get fogged up glasses, dry mouth, and I have had a sinus headache everyday from the pressure on my nose, even when it's very light. Plus, I'm teaching theatre, so I'm moving around a lot, and jumping and do all kinds of active stuff, and I feel so winded all day. I've also tried shield, and those are worse. I cannot do these masks for six hours a day much longer. I don't even want to go out anywhere on the weekends just because I can't bear the thought of putting a mask on. There is no way in h.e. double hockey sticks I'm going to double layer.
     
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    We are heading back to face-to-face mid-February; we've been remote since Christmas break. When we return, 3-layer masks are recommended, but the ones we have been provided with, that we must wear, are only 2-layer, so I'll likely double-up (unless we have 3-layer ones provided. We will also need to wear a shield or goggles at all times. With a double mask, a shield and my glasses, I'll be in a constant fog.
     
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    Yikes. My state came out with this idea that if teachers wear a KN95 mask AND a shield at the same time, they don't have to quarantine. Some other districts mandated it. Thankfully, mine only "strongly suggested" it. I tried the shield at the beginning of the year for testing, because I have to get close to students. It fogged up in about 5 seconds and I couldn't see well at all, not to mention feeling like I couldn't breathe very well either. The KN95 masks are also incredibly uncomfortable. I do still wear that for testing and I'm dying 30 minutes in. I can't imagine actually teaching in both all day. I've noticed that not a single employee at my school has followed this "recommendation." I asked one of our itinerant staff who works in multiple schools and she says it's the same in other buildings. I feel so sorry for the teachers in districts who are mandating this.
     
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    I made about 25 masks each for both DH and myself. I tried a few different styles. DH has in-person kids, but I have been on sick leave and haven’t needed them. I’ll have had my 2nd dose of vaccine before I return to work, but I’ll still mask.
     
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    I've been double masking all school year: KN95 with cloth mask over it. Plus face shield when closer than 6 feet to a student. We've been in person since August, and I've had multiple positive cases in my classroom and haven't gotten it yet, so I figure I won't try to fix what isn't broken.
     
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    I wear one mask but I question the efficacy of these cloth masks everyone wears. This stopped being about the pandemic a long time ago. Open your eyes.
     
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    I wear a shield in class and around school until I leave. Then I wear a mask to get out of the building. I even find the shield is becoming a pain in the butt. I can't stand to hear my voice in the shield, it echoes. I have my class set up so I am more than 6 ft away from my kids when I do my teaching, so I take it off. If I get up or they come to me I put it on.
     
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    I wear my N95 and now have a plexiglass shield between me and my students / coworkers. My second vaccine will be fully effective two weeks from yesterday, so after that, I'm masking more to protect others than myself.
     
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    N95s are pretty good. Though I hate wearing masks, but I admit they are really important during the pandemic.. I am also thinking about some good and working supplements and vitamins, for example. Do you think they work well and help you stay healthy? I have been taking some from Canada Drugs often, and I think they are really good and working, you might find them interesting to you too, good luck with it!
     
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    N95s, to me, are more comfortable than cloth masks. Not as easy to stash in your pocket, but otherwise they're my go-to.
     
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    My most comfortable one is the one my wife sewed for me. Luckily, my institution's mask mandate expired, so I don't wear one at all now.
     
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    I got 2 sewn for me and they weren't bad. I just had to adjust the elastic.
     

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